Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon's tax increase criticised by Carlaw
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Mr Carlaw told Express.co.uk that Scots are paying higher taxes than two years ago but that the country is in a worse position. The Scottish Tory added that Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have a very heavy record of failure, referencing education, health and economic problems in Scotland.
Mr Carlaw said: “When you look at the fact that we now shamefully have the worst drug deaths record not just in Europe but anywhere in the developed world.
“When you think of the tax rises we have had, which were imposed on the basis that they were going to improve our public services.
“Yet people are paying the higher tax but there is no evidence at all of a better delivery of public service.
“If anything, two years after we started paying more tax we are in a worse position now than we were before that.
“In terms of all the key health targets, the SNP is no nearer to hitting them.”
He continued: “They are still missing significant targets each year.
“They are now just withdrawing from the education league tables rather than being exposed as failing in them.
“Our economy continues to be sluggish in comparison to the rest of the UK.
“So the record of failure is very heavily now embedded and it is hers.”
Sturgeon will get Scotland into EU 'at any price' says Carlaw
During the same interview, Mr Carlaw stated Ms Sturgeon will attempt to get Scotland into the European Union “at any price”.
Mr Carlaw told Express.co.uk that the SNP leader would attempt to get an independent Scotland back into the European Union without holding a referendum on membership of the trading bloc.
The Scottish Tory added that European nations would think Scotland has “a bit to prove” before allowing the nation to join the bloc due to the current state of Scotland’s economy.
Mr Carlaw said: “I noticed that Nicola Sturgeon has said we would not even debate this, there would not be another referendum on it, she would just try and get us back in at any price and we would then have to accept whatever that price was.
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“I do not think it would be light, as a very small nation, I think we would have to wait.
“This idea that it would happen at the click of a finger overnight, I think is fantasy politics.
“It would be much longer than that with us lying in limbo for quite some time in the interim.
He added: “I think other nations in Europe would look at it and think Scotland has got a bit to prove before it can join the European Union.”
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